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Monthly Reflection by
Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC
"

Not to be served but to serve

“ (

Mk 10:45

)

- Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC

Prayer of the Month

Saint of the Month

Saint Cecilia

Feast Day - November 22

Saint Cecilia is one of seven women, excluding the Blessed Virgin, commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass.

Church history tells is about a beautiful young woman who lived in the city of Rome, who was given in marriage to a youth named Valerian. She wore sackcloth, fasted, and invoked saints, angels and virgins, beseeching them to guard her virginity. And she said to her husband, "I will tell you a secret if you will swear not to reveal it to anyone." And when he swore, she added, "There is an angel who watches me, and wards off from me any who would touch me."

She sent him to Pope S. Urban (223-230), who baptised him. His brother Tibertius also consented to be baptised. After their baptism, the two brothers devoted themselves to burying the martyrs slain daily by the prefect of the city. They were arrested and brought before the prefect, and executed.

In the meantime, Cecilia, by her preaching, had converted four hundred persons, whom Pope Urban forthwith baptised. Then Cecilia was arrested, and condemned to be suffocated in the baths. She was shut in for a night and a day, and the fires were heaped up, but Cecilia did not even break out into perspiration through the heat. When Almachius, the prefect heard this, he sent an executioner to cut off her head in the bath. The man struck thrice without being able to severe the head from the trunk. He left her bleeding, and she lived three days. Crowds came to her, and collected her blood with napkins and sponges, whilst she preached to them or prayed. At the end of that period she died, and was buried by Pope Urban and his deacons.

In 1599 Cardinal Paul Emilius Sfondrati, nephew of Pope Gregory XIV, rebuilt the church of S. Cecilia.

St. Cecilia is regarded as the patroness of musicians and church music because of the story that she heard heavenly music in her heart when she was married and she sang to God as she was dying. She is represented in art with an organ or organ-pipes in her hand.

Prayer to Saint Cecilia

O glorious saint, who chose to die instead of denying your King, we pray you please to help us as His fair praise we sing. We lift our hearts in joyous song to honour Him this way. And while we sing, remembering, to sing is to doubly pray. At once in our hearts and in our tongues we offer double prayer sent heavenward on winged notes to praise God dwelling there. While in our hearts and tongues we try with song to praise God twice, we ask dear saint, to help us be united close to Christ! Amen.

Dear St. Cecilia, one thing we know for certain about you is that you became a heroic martyr in fidelity to your divine Bridegroom. We do not know that you were a musician, but we are told that you heard Angels sing. Inspire musicians to gladden the hearts of people by filling the air with God's gift of music and reminding them of the divine Musician who created all beauty. Amen.

Lord, hear our requests. Through the intercession of St. Cecilia, please grant what we ask. Amen.

Saint Cecilia, heroic martyr who stayed faithful to Jesus your divine bridegroom, give us faith to rise above our persecutors and to see in them the image of our Lord. We know that you were a musician and we are told that you heard angels sing. Inspire musicians to gladden the hearts of people by filling the air with God's gift of music and reminding them of the Divine Musician Who created all beauty. Amen.

 
Divine Updates

MAGNIFICAT in Bangalore

Celebrate an evening with our Lord in Bangalore at the 'Magnificat' on November 10, 2018. Special session for children. All are welcome.

Venue: St. Joseph's Boys' School Chapel, Museum Road, Bangalore

Retreats at the Divine Retreat Centre, Somersby, Sydney

Divine Retreat Centre, Somersby to hold retreats throughout 2017. For bookings, email Fr Roni George, Director - drcsydney@gmail.com. Hurry, as admission is limited.

Date: January 2018 - December, 2018

Retreats in Divine Retreat Centre, UK

Divine Retreat Centre, Ramsgate UK, has announced several English and Malayalam language retreats to be led by Fr. George Panackal VC and Fr. Joseph Edattu VC. All are welcome.

Dates: Jan - Dec, 2018

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